January 12, 2012
Tech falters at Virginia
UVa uses a second half surge to push past the Hokies
Virginia Tech (6-11, 2-2 ACC) 221739
Virginia (14-4, 2-2 ACC) 173552
  • Charlottesville, Va. (JPJA) - 3,160
  • High Points: 14 - Aerial Wilson
  • High Rebounds: 6 - Porschia Hadley

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team led 22-17 at the break, but in-state conference rival Virginia used a strong second half to claim the 52-39 win on Thursday evening at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.

“I thought we showed way more competitive spirit than we showed on Sunday,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “We stayed with the game plan very well, but got worn down in the second half which caused us to make mistakes on offense and defense. That being said, all-in-all I felt it was a solid team effort.”

Tech (6-11, 2-2 ACC) was led by Aerial Wilson with 14 points. Monet Tellier added 10 points for the Hokies. Alyssa Fenyn handed out five assists and tallied three steals. Porschia Hadley had a team-best six rebounds.

The Cavaliers (14-4, 2-2 ACC) were paced by Lexie Gerson with 13 points. Ataira Franklin added 12 points while Ariana Moorer had 11 points and eight rebounds.

The ‘Hoos got out to an early 6-2 lead, but Tech went on a short run to go on top 10-6 just short of the midway point. The Cavaliers responded as the two teams tied at 13 with 6:50 to go. Tech went on a 9-2 run led by seven points from Wilson to take the largest lead of the half, up seven (22-15) with just under two minutes remaining. A layup from UVa’s Chelsea Shine closed the gap to 22-17 going into the break.

Coming out of the intermission, UVa went on an 11-6 run tying the score up at 28 in the opening seven minutes of the second half. The Cavaliers took the lead up 30-28 at the 12:47 mark off a jumper from Gerson. The two teams traded baskets over the next three minutes as Tech kept within two, but UVa extended its lead with an 11-2 run and never looked back as the Cavaliers held on for the win.

The two teams were even on rebounds with 35 each, but UVa forced 20 turnovers resulting in 22 points. Offensively, the Hokies connected on 32 percent (16-of-50) from the field while the ‘Hoos hit 37.3 percent (19-of-51).

Tech will be back on the court on Sunday, Jan. 15 when the Hokies host No. 6/7 Duke. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.

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